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Against Purity : Living Ethically in Compromised Times

Author: Alexis Shotwell
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The world is in a terrible mess. It is toxic, irradiated, and full of injustice. Standing aside from the mess can produce a seemingly satisfying self-righteousness in the scant moments we achieve it, but individual purity will always disappoint since it is ultimately impossible. Might it be better to understand complexity, and our own complicity in much of what we think of as bad, as fundamental to our lives?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis Shotwell
ISBN: 9780816698646 0816698643
OCLC Number: 970042187
Description: 236 pagina's : illustraties ; 21,5 cm
Contents: Contents Complexity and Complicity: An Introduction to Constitutive Impurity 1. Remembering for the Future: Reckoning with an Unjust Past 2. "Women Don't Get AIDS, They Just Die From It": Memory, Classification, and the Campaign to Change the Definition of AIDS 3. Shimmering Presences: Frog, Toad, and Toxic Interdependencies 4. Consuming Suffering: Eating, Energy, and Embodied Ethics 5. Practicing Freedom: Disability and Gender Transformation 6. Worlds to Come: Imagining Speculative Disability Futures Conclusion: The Point, However, is to Change It Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index
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"The world is in a terrible mess. It is toxic, irradiated, and full of injustice. Standing aside from the mess can produce a seemingly satisfying self-righteousness in the scant moments we achieve it, but individual purity will always disappoint since it is ultimately impossible. Might it be better to understand complexity, and our own complicity in much of what we think of as bad, as fundamental to our lives? Against purity argues that the only answer - if we are to tackle the past, present, and future of colonialism, disease, pollution, and climate change - is a resounding yes. Proposing a powerful conception of social movements as custodians for the past and incubators for liberal futures, Alexis Shotwell draws on theories of race, disability, gender, and animal ethics in an innovative approach to the politics and ethics of responding to systemic problems. The slate has never been clean, she reminds us, and we can't wipe off the surface to start afresh. But hope for new futures is found in distributed ethics, collective activist work, and speculative fiction writing for gender and disability liberation."

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